noun[mass noun] British • historical
- Tenure of land based on manorial records: Hogarth acquired the copyhold of a red brick villa [as modifier]: freehold and copyhold landMore example sentences
- I use the word sale for simplicity although, being copyhold, the land was in fact surrendered to the Lord of the Manor by the vendors and then re-granted by him to the purchasers.
- Broadly, over half of English tenants held their land by copyhold, that is by customary tenures involving low rents.
- Only in Denmark, where there was equally no serfdom, was there a sale of unprofitable copyhold lands by landowners from the 1780s, which gave rise to a class of 60,000 large tenant-farmers who came to form the backbone of the country.
More definitions of copyholdDefinition of copyhold in:
- The US English dictionary